It is that point of yr. The primary grizzly bear to emerge from hibernation at Yellowstone Nationwide Park this yr has been noticed, park officers mentioned.
A wildlife biologist noticed the grownup grizzly – estimated at 300 to 350 kilos – throughout a radio telemetry flight, in response to a Nationwide Park Service news release.
The bear, which was not photographed, was seen close to bison carcass stays in Yellowstone’s Pelican Valley within the central-eastern space of the park.
Yellowstone’s first bear sighting of 2022 occurred on the precise day as this yr’s sighting, March 7.
In line with the Nationwide Park Service, male grizzly bears come out of hibernation in early March – which suggests the grizzly noticed Tuesday was a male. Feminine bears often emerge with cubs in April or early Might.
Although bear attacks are rare, park officers warned guests to be particularly cautious.
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“When bears emerge from hibernation, they search for meals and sometimes feed on elk and bison that died over the winter,” the park service wrote in Tuesday’s launch. “Typically, bears will react aggressively to encounters with folks when feeding on carcasses.”
The park service additionally famous that “all of Yellowstone Nationwide Park is bear nation.”
Amongst guidance for bear safety, park officers instruct guests to remain not less than 100 yards away from the animals, by no means feed them, don’t run upon encounters, report sightings to park rangers, keep alert and find out about carrying bear spray.
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“Spring guests snowboarding, snowshoeing or climbing in Yellowstone Nationwide Park are reminded to hold bear spray and be particularly alert for bears close to carcasses and areas with early spring green-up,” Kerry Gunther, the park’s bear administration biologist, mentioned Tuesday. “These are the primary meals sought out by grizzlies after rising from hibernations.”
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